How a trip to the gym inspired today’s embroidery lesson!

I was at the gym this week and decided to increase the weight on the Rotary Calf machine.

I added 5 pounds to what I thought was already pretty hefty.  I completed the exercise with ease.  Armed with a little more confidence I added another 5 pounds.

I braced myself for what would likely be impossible.  The machine will certainly be immovable.  My legs cannot move that much weight.  There’s no way!

And once again, I surprised myself with success.

I wore a big grin on my face as I used the weight machine.  I can now handle 265 pounds on the Rotary Calf Machine!

Incredulous with this accomplishment I photographed the machine— particularly the weight.  It’s not that no one would believe my accomplishment.  They would.  It’s me that sometimes needs convincing of what I’m capable of doing!

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I pushed myself and realized I can do more than I thought and I have proof!

This confidence spilled out when I approached this week’s blog.  I decided to take one embroidery design and in 10 minutes see how many variations I could make using just one design.

This is the original design…

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Here’s what I came up with…

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But this lesson isn’t about me— it’s about you!  When was the last time you sat and played with your embroidery software?  Maybe you don’t have the latest and greatest software and feel limited. Maybe you don’t have time.  Perhaps you aren’t inspired.  There are dozens of reasons not to try.  There are dozens of reasons to give up before trying.  But why not give it a try?  Spend a few minutes – even just 10 minutes using the embroidery machine and tools you already own.  Skip stitches at your embroidery machine if you don’t have software.  Experiment with thread colors.  Push yourself to see what you can do with your resources and skills.  You have what it takes to succeed.

Now give it a try!

Click here to download the design and see how many variations you can make.  There’s no right or wrong answer.  The prize is the time you invested in yourself to expand your embroidery skills.

Speaking of embroidery designs… stop by one of my favorite embroidery design resources – Embroidery Library!  Whatever embroidery design theme you’re looking for, you’ll find plenty of options to suit your taste!  The prices are very reasonable, their quality is spot on — and you can shop day or night for instant downloads!  And best of all… you have a chance to win a shopping spree!  Read on for more info!

Here’s your assignment this week:If you won a $25 gift card to purchase anything from the Embroidery Library website, which designs would you purchase?  Post your comments and FOUR, that’s right, FOUR random names will be drawn and each will win a $25 shopping spree to redeem at Embroidery Library!  Oh my goodness – so many beautiful and creative designs to choose from!Embroidery Library 
The winner of last week’s assignment answered the following question… What Holiday goodies are you creating this season? Tell us what you’ve got stitching and one random comment will be selected to win a $25 shopping spree to the Designs in Machine Embroidery website.The random drawing winner is… Lynette“I am making fabric boxes for the ladies in my sewing group, a fabric book for my great grandchildren, hanging towels for the grandchildren.  Hopefully I will get some time to do some baking too.”



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165 Comments on How a trip to the gym inspired today’s embroidery lesson!

  1. HOLLY
    November 19, 2014 at 3:00 pm (6 years ago)

    If I won a $25 gift card to my favorite online Library for designs: I would get lots of the quick stitch designs now available and make towels for my mom and sister for Christmas. It would be hard to choose which ones, love them all.

    • Nan
      December 1, 2014 at 8:06 pm (5 years ago)

      I would pick a smorgasbord of thinks from the new designs for the week

  2. JudiC
    November 19, 2014 at 3:12 pm (6 years ago)

    I would purchase all the designs in my Embroidery Library Wish List.

    • Jan
      November 25, 2014 at 9:59 pm (6 years ago)

      Decisions, decisions definitely something from my wish list

  3. Terry Pitcock
    November 19, 2014 at 3:18 pm (6 years ago)

    Anything Christmas. I love all of their designs. Own a lot of them, but can always use more. lol

  4. Donna Fecteau
    November 19, 2014 at 3:19 pm (6 years ago)

    I think I would purchase some of the borders and corners. The ballet slippers and some of the sport items, and some of the flowers, and of course at least one christmas design. I liked some of the alphabets too.

  5. Sherrie
    November 19, 2014 at 3:20 pm (6 years ago)

    I love all their designs. One design I would buy is Home is Where the Heart Is – Autumn . I am also attracted to their cardinal designs.

  6. Pam Seigl
    November 19, 2014 at 3:20 pm (6 years ago)

    I would get some designs to make some small gifts to use for a secret Santa project I’m doing for some of the girls I work with.

  7. Brenda Peters
    November 19, 2014 at 3:20 pm (6 years ago)

    I have tons of designs on the wishlist so that would take no time at all. I have an idea for making magnets of some them but haven’t quite got the plan down yet.

    • Denise Holguin
      November 19, 2014 at 4:58 pm (6 years ago)

      Hi Brenda,
      Oooh! I hope you’re able to come up with the plan. I think they’d make great gifts!


  8. Kathe pollard
    November 19, 2014 at 3:34 pm (6 years ago)

    My wish list has designs I want to make for my family. It would be a wonderful thing to give them what they love.

  9. Jean Lowenberger
    November 19, 2014 at 3:36 pm (6 years ago)

    What a wonderful prize at this time of year. Embroidery Library is my favorite shopping site for embroidery designs. Their directions pages and Kenny’s Corner is the best help ever.

  10. Keneth Kyzer
    November 19, 2014 at 3:39 pm (6 years ago)

    With my $25.00 coupon, I would visit my wish list on Embroidery Library and choose some of the designs I have not purchased yet. Love the site and the designs. They always turn out so great. One day maybe I will have my wish list clear. LOL

  11. Susanne Wiora
    November 19, 2014 at 3:41 pm (6 years ago)

    If I had a $25 gift card from Embroidery Library, I’d go to my wish list and purchase from the 135 designs that are there right now! I’d probably get some quick stitch or embossed designs for the holidays. I love Embroidery Library!

  12. Martha Kinsey
    November 19, 2014 at 3:43 pm (6 years ago)

    I would purchase all the nursery and baby designs for my grands. I love all the designs .

  13. Rita
    November 19, 2014 at 3:54 pm (6 years ago)

    I would purchase Christmas designs, for sure. Ordered a turkey last PM.

  14. Marianne myrick
    November 19, 2014 at 4:02 pm (6 years ago)

    Definitely something from the fruit and wine collection – so many choices!

  15. Belinda Germain
    November 19, 2014 at 4:39 pm (6 years ago)

    I would buy items I have listed in Embroidery Library’s wishlist. Their designs sew out very nice and I have purchased many items from them.

  16. Pauline
    November 19, 2014 at 5:04 pm (6 years ago)

    So difficult to chose ! I have loads on my wish list as I love their designs. It would probably be some of their new outline designs for Xmas

  17. Rosalyn
    November 19, 2014 at 5:14 pm (6 years ago)

    I also love the designs from Embroidery library and am proud to say that they are local to the area where I live. I would probably purchase designs with holiday themes for creating gifts for family and friends.

  18. judy wong
    November 19, 2014 at 5:38 pm (6 years ago)

    I would buy designs relating to food or the kitchen. One of my daughters recently got her own house and the other is re-doing her kitchen…so I would surprise them both with new kitchen towels!

  19. Maureen Mcgraw
    November 19, 2014 at 5:46 pm (6 years ago)

    I would buy lots of their toile designs. I have some of them and they stitch out beautifully. I love them because they are so easy to do. I use them on towels, placemats, napkins and fleece scarves. I own more Emblibrary designs than any other designer.

  20. Christina Mayne
    November 19, 2014 at 6:00 pm (6 years ago)

    I would love some days of the week and redwork designs for some quick stitching.

  21. Lorraine Allen
    November 19, 2014 at 6:14 pm (6 years ago)

    i would purchase the designs on my wish list. I love Embroidery library.

  22. Sherry Poole
    November 19, 2014 at 6:43 pm (6 years ago)

    I would purchase any of their designs that I don’t already have…. I love them all

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      December 27, 2016 at 12:15 pm (3 years ago)

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  23. Kathy
    November 19, 2014 at 7:14 pm (6 years ago)

    I would love to buy some of the designs I have on my wish list. Love embroidery library

  24. Susan Novak
    November 19, 2014 at 7:21 pm (6 years ago)

    I know I would buy some Holiday designs, but I think it would take me about a week to look through all their other great designs and decide which ones I’d like.

  25. Susan
    November 19, 2014 at 8:26 pm (6 years ago)

    I would begin with an alphabet suitable for monograms. I’m still an embroidery newbie, and I ADORE the Embroidery Library. I’ve been collecting designs for all the holidays and the quality of their designs is superb. I’ll be crossing my fingers that I get selected!

  26. Karen
    November 19, 2014 at 8:30 pm (6 years ago)

    I love Embroidery Library Designs and would have a hard time picking out which ones I want.

  27. Melody
    November 19, 2014 at 9:00 pm (6 years ago)

    I love the in-the-hoop designs, so that is probably what I would buy! So many of their in-the-hoop projects make great, personalized and useful gifts!

  28. Carol Seavitt
    November 19, 2014 at 9:10 pm (6 years ago)

    Anything vintage…though the butterflies look really nice.

  29. Nancy Drake
    November 19, 2014 at 9:15 pm (6 years ago)

    I’m thinking the light stitch designs look really good for this time of year! Love the look and I really like the quality of the designs.

  30. Jennifer Vowles
    November 19, 2014 at 9:18 pm (6 years ago)

    I would love to have anything for kids. My grandchildren love getting embroidered gifts and I love giving them to them.

  31. Ivalyn
    November 19, 2014 at 9:21 pm (6 years ago)

    I’d buy more applique designs to personalize cool kids clothing!

  32. Linda
    November 19, 2014 at 9:24 pm (6 years ago)

    I just found out today I will be a grandmother. I would be choosing baby and nursery designs. I never have looked at those because I never expected to be a Gma.

  33. Nancy Johnson
    November 19, 2014 at 9:32 pm (6 years ago)

    I would select Christmas designs for those last minute projects.

  34. becky3580
    November 19, 2014 at 9:42 pm (6 years ago)

    Embroidery Library is one of my favorite websites. I check it out every Tuesday night when the designs change for the week. The designers there continue to amaze me with their ability to come up with new, fun, exciting designs and so many of them.
    If I won a gift certificate I would probably go one of two ways, either a large design or a simple design. Getting a large design gives you the ability to use my software to break apart a design (just as you did in the design above). A simple design can be added to or just some times simple is good. I like their church in 4 seasons, the set of baking tools and I love the set of animals on the edge. They have a wonderful site!

  35. Patty
    November 19, 2014 at 9:44 pm (6 years ago)

    I love their black work.

  36. Sandy D
    November 19, 2014 at 9:57 pm (6 years ago)

    I have lots of grandchildren, so I’d love to get more designs for them.

  37. Cathy
    November 19, 2014 at 9:58 pm (6 years ago)

    Thanks so for the opportunity
    embroidery library is awesome
    I would get seasonal corner designs and some Angel designs

  38. Bernadette
    November 19, 2014 at 10:03 pm (6 years ago)

    There are so many designs to choose from at Embroidery Library! I would get several of the new Christmas designs, and there are lots of quilt square stitchings that I would love to use to put my love of quilting and embroidering together!

  39. Lynnet H
    November 19, 2014 at 10:13 pm (6 years ago)

    whew! That would be hard to choose, but I would start with my wish list or a few alphabets I’ve had my eye on. Thanks for the opportunity and for great tips and challenges!

  40. Bonnie Konkle
    November 19, 2014 at 10:16 pm (6 years ago)

    I love to get designs from Embroidery Library. I like quick stitch designs, but I also use some that are very stitch intensive, depending on what I make. I would get children’s designs.

  41. PRandolph
    November 19, 2014 at 10:24 pm (6 years ago)

    I would have to choose between the Baker’s Delights, Cook’s Medley, Tabletop Treasurers, Classic Kitchenware design pack and the Toile Herbs pack … all for kitchen towels that I have been meaning to do forever!

  42. Denise Rowland
    November 19, 2014 at 10:26 pm (6 years ago)

    I would purchase as many quick stitch and Christmas designs I could. They are so lovely and would make some wonderful gifts.

  43. Donna G.
    November 19, 2014 at 10:31 pm (6 years ago)

    There are so many great designs at Embroidery Library it’s hard to choose. Each time I get the newsletters I find another favorite, but I especially like their redwork and “open air” designs. These are the ones I’d likely buy.

  44. Karen McColl
    November 19, 2014 at 10:55 pm (6 years ago)

    If I won the gift certificate I would focus on in the hoop projects or perhaps free standing lace designs. I am fascinated by both right now in my work.

  45. Vici Fallin
    November 19, 2014 at 11:15 pm (6 years ago)

    I love their designs and I think I would like to add the Nativity pageant embroideries.Last year I purchased their more formal Nativity and it turned out beautiful.

  46. Gail Beam
    November 19, 2014 at 11:21 pm (6 years ago)

    Embroidery Library is one of my favorite sites and I have a lot of their designs! If I win, I will probably buy more of their dog, sport, and applique designs.

  47. Dortha Britton
    November 19, 2014 at 11:30 pm (6 years ago)

    i love Embroidery Library designs and would purchase as many as possible. Probably Christmas designs.

  48. Teresa
    November 20, 2014 at 12:09 am (6 years ago)

    I love single run designs – try to collect all – I use them for my quilts – love the variety of single run designs on Embroidery Library.
    Maybe I will have enough money for Sashiko set !
    Thank you for the great opportunity.

  49. Terry senko
    November 20, 2014 at 12:10 am (6 years ago)

    tough decision with so much to choose from! My Wish List would be a good place to start, but I’d also like some chickadee and hummingbird designs for a friend who is an avid birder and I need something suitable for a tote bag to give the gal who organizes my book club for Christmas.

  50. debbie welch
    November 20, 2014 at 12:12 am (6 years ago)

    I would purchase some kitchen to put them on towels and give as gifts

  51. Cheri Dobratz
    November 20, 2014 at 1:15 am (6 years ago)

    I would purchase the Stitchin in the Kitchen designs and a few of the baseball items. The Stitchin in the Kitchen designs would make great, clever gifts. Everyone needs new kitchen towels. No reason that they can’t be cute. I would also use the baseball designs for a friend that is a baseball sports writer.

  52. Pam Morrow
    November 20, 2014 at 1:42 am (6 years ago)

    Tough one, but I am an alphabet (font) addict, so would visit that page; love their realistic animal designs so that would get scrutiny too; and anything in the borders/corners/swirls/scrolls category would be on my hit list as well. Fairly certain I would have no trouble at all spending $25 at Embroidery Library.

  53. bette
    November 20, 2014 at 3:35 am (6 years ago)

    Retro Christmas tree

  54. Elaine
    November 20, 2014 at 3:36 am (6 years ago)

    I would buy applique designs. And angels. Love Angels.

  55. Cassandra Floyd
    November 20, 2014 at 3:45 am (6 years ago)

    I would buy as many in-the-hoop projects as I could, I love doing them. I would have good quality gifts to give, their designs are awesome.

  56. Celeste B
    November 20, 2014 at 4:35 am (6 years ago)

    I would get an alphabet to make a fun quilt for my grandson.

  57. karen
    November 20, 2014 at 5:03 am (6 years ago)

    I love Emblibrary’s echo designs, I would definitely buy some of them

  58. Marcia Stewart
    November 20, 2014 at 5:17 am (6 years ago)

    I have downloaded there monthly designs that are free and ordered some designs as well and have been putting them on comforters that my sister gave me from the motel she works at. They changed names of the motel, thus cannot use the comforters and had new ones for the new named motel. It not only warms up the comforters but then I donate them to the CHQ (Cheyenne Heritage Quilt Guild) Community Quilts. These go out to the local Salvation Army, the children and moms abuse center, and Needs for the homeless. We give these away every year. I also longarm quilt the pieced community quilts as they get completed as well as others sew the pieces together in pattern kits that the Community Quilt leader gets ready. Then several of us longarm quilters here in town load them on our longarms and quilt them. Gives us all the opportunity to practice our quilting skills and give back to the community quilts to keep them warm in our Wyoming winters.

  59. Pam
    November 20, 2014 at 5:58 am (6 years ago)

    I would purchase designs in my wishlist. Love their designs and use them alot!

  60. Kristi D.
    November 20, 2014 at 6:22 am (6 years ago)

    I would also get some of the wonderful designs in my wishlist. Love their site.

  61. Beth Shelton
    November 20, 2014 at 6:41 am (6 years ago)

    love the blog. I don’t digitize so I buy designs, bit I like your reminder to make them my own by doing what you did. I love Embroidery Library. It is my first place to visit and never had a bad stitch out. Winning the gift certificate for me would allow me to buy those ‘extra’ embs that I have had my eye on. It would like having dessert! Win or not, I still visit and buy when I can. Thank you for your trusted site

  62. Angela Erxleben
    November 20, 2014 at 7:01 am (6 years ago)

    I love Embroidery Library! My favorite site, If I won a $25 gift card I would purchase some of their embossed designs to put on towels for Christmas gifts!

  63. Linda lee
    November 20, 2014 at 7:05 am (6 years ago)

    I am a faithful purchaser from and have been for well over 10 years. I always have something on my whish list and in my basket. I so love how it keeps all my files on record and tells me if i already own the design!!! I llove the Embroidery Library and have always encouraged my embroidery guild to use them also. YEAH for Embroidery Library…

    • Linda lee
      November 20, 2014 at 7:06 am (6 years ago)

      I also have a few item in their showcase

  64. Lynne Thomas
    November 20, 2014 at 7:24 am (6 years ago)

    I love Embroidery Library! Especially their weekly specials! If I won the gift certificate, I would find some seasonal redwork designs to stitch up a few extra Christmas gifts. Embroidered hand towels are wonderful hostess gifts!

  65. Linnie Middleton
    November 20, 2014 at 7:24 am (6 years ago)

    How awesome a $25 gift certificate would be. There are lots I would like to have a few are: Clown Alphabet, Butterfly Borders and Corners, Damask Borders and Corners, Black Work (Quick Stitch), and Holidays Helpers Decking the Halls (Vintage). These are just a few of my wants.

  66. Kim
    November 20, 2014 at 7:32 am (6 years ago)

    I have several Christmas designs and sweatshirt designs on my wishlist. Guess I will just have to decide which ones when I win. 🙂

    • Emily
      December 27, 2016 at 12:29 pm (3 years ago)

      Th87a#&21t;s it, a gift certificate to the North House for both of us, something that we can learn and enjoy together. Thanks for the suggestion, bill, and for the link, BiR. I’m so excited. This will be fun.

  67. Anna
    November 20, 2014 at 7:48 am (6 years ago)

    Oh my I spend gazillions of dollars at Embroidery Library, I just love their designs. My choice would be Christmas and dogs. Love them both!

  68. BJ Marley
    November 20, 2014 at 7:57 am (6 years ago)

    I would finish purchasing the rest of Audubon designs.

  69. Jean Guenther
    November 20, 2014 at 8:11 am (6 years ago)

    I would buy Christmas designs and Baby designs. It would be a hard choice as they have so many I love!

  70. Valerie Gwara
    November 20, 2014 at 8:12 am (6 years ago)

    Well I NEED Baptism (C2329) for a baptismal towel.
    Otherwise – so many beautiful choices! But these are on my wish list….
    Kitty Crossing C2931
    Crafty Knitting Border J4923
    Christmas Cheer Fox K3522

  71. Saundra Romanus
    November 20, 2014 at 8:14 am (6 years ago)

    Embroidery Library if my FAVORITE shop to buy designs and I have purchased most of my designs from there. I certainly have a lot of designs in my wish list that I would purchase!

  72. Bonnie Gray
    November 20, 2014 at 8:22 am (6 years ago)

    That is my go-to embroidery design site! I would pick the quick stitch designs so I can make gifts quickly!!

  73. Kathy
    November 20, 2014 at 8:25 am (6 years ago)

    Like most, I would purchase the ones on my wish list–& then more Christmas!

  74. CarolKE
    November 20, 2014 at 8:47 am (6 years ago)

    I, too,love this site. I have some designs on my wish list. I also would choose some of the towel recipes.

  75. Darlene Bares
    November 20, 2014 at 9:02 am (6 years ago)

    I have always liked the designs and the way they stitch out. In the hoop (because i’m addicted to ITH projects-LOL), Holidays, Christmas and Creatures of Air.

  76. Norma Sterbenz
    November 20, 2014 at 9:06 am (6 years ago)

    If I win, I would choose cat designs. Embroidery Library has the most realistic, beautiful designs of Ragdoll and Birman cats. They look just like my fur babies. I would have even more sweatshirts, towels, etc. with cats on them. Thanks for the chance to win.

  77. Ann Santistevan
    November 20, 2014 at 9:08 am (6 years ago)

    My “Embroidery Library” wish list is full of bicycles and border designs. The clothes line designs are already making a hit with family and friends but there are always new ones coming out.

  78. Barbara Pointer
    November 20, 2014 at 9:47 am (6 years ago)

    I love Embroidery Library and always want more than I can afford. I would buy patterns for kids, flowers, and Christmas. Thanks for the chance to win.

  79. Ruth
    November 20, 2014 at 9:53 am (6 years ago)

    Embroidery Library has so many wonderful designs that I would find it hard to decide and so to make it easier on my 75Year old brain, I would opt for free standing lace especially the Christmas ones

  80. Barbara
    November 20, 2014 at 10:00 am (6 years ago)

    I have taken a self-imposed break from embroidery to help out several suffering family members. Can’t wait to get back to the threads and clear my own mind. I find it so relaxing! Could use a few new designs.

  81. Michelle Norrris
    November 20, 2014 at 10:10 am (6 years ago)

    I love embroidery library designs! With 6 grandchildren I am always looking for designs for them! But if I won I might just buy some designs just for me!!!!!

  82. Pam
    November 20, 2014 at 10:11 am (6 years ago)

    I would purchase part of my Wish List!!! It is growing…I love EL designs!

  83. Lynda
    November 20, 2014 at 10:13 am (6 years ago)

    I like making mug rugs. I would choose food and drink designs.

  84. betty smith
    November 20, 2014 at 10:50 am (6 years ago)

    Emb library is the first place I look for designs. My wish list is where I would start . Love their Jacobean designs. Easy to find designs, Kenny”s corner good for problemsolving.

  85. Carolyn
    November 20, 2014 at 11:03 am (6 years ago)

    I have over 150 designs in my Embroidery Library “Wish List”! The hardest part would be choosing!!! I love using my 5D-Extra software to edit and combine patterns.

  86. Steph
    November 20, 2014 at 11:57 am (6 years ago)

    Embroidery Library is my absolute favorite online Embroidery destination! I need to make a couple new baby quilts so I would probably look in the kids or animal applique section. I already made a “peekers” quilt that turned out very cute.

  87. Paula
    November 20, 2014 at 11:58 am (6 years ago)

    I have felt intimidated about my software. Playing with designs and not really knowing what steps to take, have caused a sort of block. But I’m inspired to give it a try!

  88. Colleen
    November 20, 2014 at 12:02 pm (6 years ago)

    Absolutely love the designs I find on their site. Too hard to decide, but the quick stitch collages are fun.

  89. Mary J Chevalier
    November 20, 2014 at 12:52 pm (6 years ago)

    The ITH designs would be my Choice.

  90. valerie csmith
    November 20, 2014 at 12:55 pm (6 years ago)

    I know it is just starting into winter-but I find that right now I need some Easter designs

  91. R. Edwin
    November 20, 2014 at 1:10 pm (6 years ago)

    If I was one of the winners of the $25, I would purchase the snowflakes, woodland creatures and Peacock feathers. I think all of these with stitch out wonderfully on sweaters for the different seasons.

  92. Margie
    November 20, 2014 at 1:10 pm (6 years ago)

    I would get large designs to learn design splitting.

  93. Lou Ann bush
    November 20, 2014 at 1:20 pm (6 years ago)

    I see lots of comments about buying from their wish lists. That’s what I would do as well. Once on their site I always have to look at more than just my wish list and it seems like as I buy items on my list I add more to my list from their huge library of designs. Can’t seem to stay ahead! Love Embroider Library:)

  94. Rita
    November 20, 2014 at 1:37 pm (6 years ago)

    I would select designs from the ethnic embroidery collections.

  95. Martha Morgan
    November 20, 2014 at 2:06 pm (6 years ago)

    I just purchased Christmas sayings that I hope to use on Christmas Flags and Pillows. I just got another email with some great designs for Christmas and wondered about doing a few towels and sweatshirts. I just love their designs, it is one of my go to sites.

  96. Judy Mosier
    November 20, 2014 at 2:15 pm (6 years ago)

    Before I tell you what I would get from EL… I want to tell you THANK YOU for this blog post… I have used embroidery software for several years and felt comfortable with what I had, but the software I was using always charges about $500 for updates every 2 years or so…. So, I decided this time around that I would use my $500 toward a different software that never charges for updates… so I am in the learning phases of the new software. I could not for the life of me get this design to break apart… so I finally posted on the FB groups for the software and someone made a suggestion that worked… and I learned how to do something new in the software! Thanks for the challenge. As far as what would I get from EL, I would probably get some Patriotic and Children’s designs.

    • Denise Holguin
      November 21, 2014 at 12:27 pm (6 years ago)

      Your email made me smile! I’m so happy to hear you are learning your software. The way I like to look at things– each trip to the gym– or each moment spent learning embroidery software– or each time practicing anything– builds upon itself. It’s all about getting familiar with a task, gradually improving and becoming more confident!

      Keep up the great work, Judy!


  97. Kathy Martin
    November 20, 2014 at 2:24 pm (6 years ago)

    Valentine’s Day designs so I can start on bags for my grandkids. Love Embroidery Library.

  98. Carolyn Havens
    November 20, 2014 at 2:42 pm (6 years ago)

    Wow, I am always buying from Emb. Lib and would have a ball with a $25 gift certificate. I love the free standing lace as I make ornaments every year for the workers at the dinner we go to and family also. Then there are the easy quick stitch great for that need it fast gift towel. I love their designs on sewing and redwork as well.
    I could go on for ever the site is the best and they are so helpful if you have a problem.

  99. susan dennis
    November 20, 2014 at 3:23 pm (6 years ago)

    I love embroidery library designs; their prices and designs can’t be beat! I would give my gift to my daughter-in-law who is to pick up her first embroidery machine tomorrow; a “Babylock” and hoping she will love embroidering as much as I do with my machines

  100. Vicki L in MN
    November 20, 2014 at 4:46 pm (6 years ago)

    I would purchase the Whirling, Swirling Christmas Design Pack and = the Christmas Gift Tag Design Pack. Making in-the-hoop items is so much fun I can’t get enough!

  101. Pat Bailey
    November 20, 2014 at 5:26 pm (6 years ago)

    Love embroidery library and would get some more Christmas designs from my wish list. Need to check out Software for my Mac.

  102. Louise
    November 20, 2014 at 5:26 pm (6 years ago)

    What fun to win a gift certificate that I can go and shop for some wonderful new designs. What a treat that would be.

  103. Kristal
    November 20, 2014 at 5:33 pm (6 years ago)

    I love Embroidery Library! I have lots of designs in my wish list.
    I would purchase some dog designs for my daughter who loves Golden Retrievers.
    I have stitched several from them and they turn out great!

  104. Karen
    November 20, 2014 at 6:24 pm (6 years ago)

    I have a wish list there to pick from or it would be fun to wait and let my niece pick some when she is here at Christmas and we can stitch them.

  105. Beth R
    November 20, 2014 at 6:40 pm (6 years ago)

    I would get the Crafty Critters Hoopla design pack – love the critters shown in these designs!

  106. Maureen Angers
    November 20, 2014 at 7:43 pm (6 years ago)

    Embroidery Library is by far my most favorite site. I would hem and haw over which designs to get and spend hours looking and comparing and wasting time trying to decide what I should spend my $25 windfall on. Then I would go to FSL and in the hoop projects and finally bit the bullet and spend double!!!

  107. Sheryl J
    November 20, 2014 at 7:48 pm (6 years ago)

    They have so many great designs, it would be a hard choice. But their animal designs are beautiful.

  108. Shirl R
    November 20, 2014 at 8:53 pm (6 years ago)

    I have a l-o-n-g wishlist at Embroidery Library, so I would pick from that list as well as purchase some in-the-hoop designs for the bottle aprons – they are so cute and there is such a variety. I have a lot of felt from last year’s Xmas projects, and EL personnel have told me this can be used to make the aprons. The nice thing about the bottle aprons is that they can be used on a variety of types of bottled products and look so nice in a gift basket, along with a matching Xmas ornament tucked or hung in/on the basket.

  109. Nancy Grove
    November 20, 2014 at 9:20 pm (6 years ago)

    Music and nativity designs would be my first selections.

  110. Lynda
    November 20, 2014 at 9:33 pm (6 years ago)

    I love embroidery library and am always happy with the end result.

  111. Judy H
    November 20, 2014 at 9:57 pm (6 years ago)

    Would love to win so I could purchase some Christmas designs to decorate a few sweatshirts & T-towels as gifts. Love Embroidery Library and Eileen’s Machine Embroidery Blog for all the great ideas, tips and tricks.
    Thank you for this opportunity.

  112. Marilyn
    November 20, 2014 at 10:04 pm (6 years ago)

    I would choose some from my wish list. I love their designs and have more of them than other design companies. They also have a lot of good information on their site. EL is the BEST

  113. Carol K.
    November 21, 2014 at 12:40 am (6 years ago)

    As many of you have already stated Embroidery Library is also my favorite site to purchase my embroisdery designs. They are one wonderful group of people who will help you should you have any issues with your designs. I only ever had this happen once but they were very promp at snswering my email and checking the situation for me. I love all their helpful project ideas. They are just great and would love to win more of their designs.
    Lately I have been really likeing the light work designs. I would probably stock up on more of these!!!

  114. Terri
    November 21, 2014 at 4:51 am (6 years ago)

    I would choose the train build-a-scene designs…I want to make my husband a train quilt with embroidered accents.

  115. Gayle
    November 21, 2014 at 4:52 am (6 years ago)

    I would purchase their new Dreaming of a white Christmas designs as they are now only $1 each and then some of my wish list designs. O what a Christmas present that would be

  116. Rosieq
    November 21, 2014 at 8:05 am (6 years ago)

    Hmmmmmm, and I was so proud with 65 pounds after being away from the equipment for several months. 😉

    • Denise Holguin
      November 21, 2014 at 12:23 pm (6 years ago)

      You SHOULD be proud! It’s not easy returning to the gym after being away. I stay diligent for awhile then I miss a couple days… then the days turn into weeks… then months… then my clothes stop fitting. Oh my!

      Keep up the good work!


  117. Rosieq
    November 21, 2014 at 8:09 am (6 years ago)

    Ha….forgot to tell you what I wanted if I’m really lucky. I just placed an order for some favorites, btw I love the sketches. But, right now, this season, it would have to be white Christmas. Thanks for the opportunity.

  118. Patty Fiske
    November 21, 2014 at 8:46 am (6 years ago)

    I would finally get the altered necklines. I get lots of tshirts and hate the necks. I would alter them and finally enjoy wearing them

  119. Tari Jewett
    November 21, 2014 at 2:03 pm (6 years ago)

    I also have a nice size wish list, but I think I might pick from the lace ornament covers.

    Love the designs from embroidery library, they stitch out beautifully!

  120. Janet Kirby
    November 21, 2014 at 2:07 pm (6 years ago)

    I would purchase some quick stitch designs to use as gifts for Christmas and I would purchase some tropical designs for myself to make me think of warm weather.

  121. Edie Wittenmyer
    November 21, 2014 at 2:19 pm (6 years ago)

    If I were to win such a wonderful prize such as this, I would purchase the USA, Eagle and Military designs to finish making the Christmas gifts (quilts, stockings and totes) for my army grandson and the patriotic members of my family.

  122. Lynnae Clark
    November 21, 2014 at 2:59 pm (6 years ago)

    I love all the des, I bought here,, im working on some place mats for all my children an grandchildren along with mug rugs for my family, I love the look on there faces with something homemade from the heart an exspecially for them. so personal an meaningful. thank you emb. lib. for helping me with my projects,

  123. Lynnae Clark
    November 21, 2014 at 3:01 pm (6 years ago)

    if I won a gift card it wouldn’t last more than two min, I have over 100idems in my wish list of more des. I adore to give me so many ideas of things to make an do. thank you for this wonderful chance..

  124. LeAnne L
    November 21, 2014 at 3:54 pm (6 years ago)

    I’d get everything in my wishlist. Seems like I keep adding to it every week when they come out with new designs.

  125. Antionette
    November 21, 2014 at 5:14 pm (6 years ago)

    I would love to get designs from Embroidery Library or Emblibrary as name of the website! A Cosy Christmans Wishes Design Pack and All is bright Design Pack would be be the ultimate gift for me!

  126. Lois Daubney
    November 21, 2014 at 6:05 pm (6 years ago)

    I love embroidery library! I would use the gift card to buy more quick stitch designs and Christmas designs. In the process of making stocking stuffers for friends and family.

  127. Sharon Jack
    November 21, 2014 at 6:44 pm (6 years ago)

    If I won $25.00 gift card I would buy designs for towels and ones with quilting/sewing designs. love these desgins.

  128. m.king
    November 21, 2014 at 6:45 pm (6 years ago)

    I would be like a kid in a candy shop. FSL? Holiday designs? Line Art? Oh, MY!

  129. allen king
    November 21, 2014 at 7:05 pm (6 years ago)

    Besides buying the designs on my wish list I would purchase more free-standing lace designs and get a head start on Christmas 2015 gifts.

  130. debe
    November 21, 2014 at 7:08 pm (6 years ago)

    OOOOOhhhh,right now I want the twirly snowflakes, but most of all the police car for my 4 yr old grandson who wants it for a tooth pillow. I’d made a fireman one for his older brother & he phoned me last week worried I wouldn’t get it done before his teeth come out. lol!

  131. Elaine Caskey
    November 21, 2014 at 8:10 pm (6 years ago)

    I would love to have kitchen related designs especially for kitchen towels. I like to give them as gifts to friends and family. I also would love to have designs for baby and small children’s things. I make gifts for church baby showers and have 4 Great Grandchildren. I’m always looking for new, cute, unique designs to use.

    November 21, 2014 at 8:50 pm (6 years ago)

    Just check out my wish list on that site & you’ll see at least 50 I’d like to have

  133. Julie Daugherty
    November 21, 2014 at 9:46 pm (6 years ago)

    So many great design it’s always difficult to choose but this time of the year I would select Christmas designs.

  134. Jan
    November 22, 2014 at 1:58 am (6 years ago)

    I would shop for something for my husband. It seems that I am always making something for everyone but him. And, hey, but for him I wouldn’t have all my nice “toys” to use to create gifts for others.

  135. Reba Smedshammer
    November 22, 2014 at 5:48 am (6 years ago)

    With my $25.00 coupon to Embroidery Library, I would buy embroidery designs to use on the charity quilts I make for children in the local hospitals.

  136. Nancy Weber
    November 22, 2014 at 6:18 am (6 years ago)

    I would love to purchase some of their postcard designs. I have wanted to try my hand at making post cards for a while and this would give me the push! Hugs. Nan W

  137. Kathryn
    November 22, 2014 at 10:21 am (6 years ago)

    I have 10 very young grandchildren and buy so may of Em library designs for them. Excellant quality and the best on the market.

  138. Diana S.
    November 22, 2014 at 12:06 pm (6 years ago)

    I need a saltwater fish for a design for shirts for the guys that service my tank plus I don’t have any kitty designs or puppy designs. I just got a new machine that can do 9.5″ x 14″ designs so I need some large designs to try out.

  139. Erin M
    November 22, 2014 at 4:47 pm (6 years ago)

    I love Embroidery Library, like many others, and have many of their designs. My EL Wishlist is very long but the $25 certificate will be helpful in fulfilling my embroidery dreams. I make all my gifts for family and friends throughout the year, plus charity sewing. I enjoy adding machine embroidery to every project. Thank you, Eileen, for teaching us about EM techniques and creative ideas!

  140. Nancy H
    November 22, 2014 at 4:56 pm (6 years ago)

    realistic butterflies and some fonts, because face it, why reinvent the wheel?

  141. Debbie M
    November 22, 2014 at 9:41 pm (6 years ago)

    I love Embrodery Library! I purchase almost all of my designs from them. At this time I would buy designs for kids, especially trains as that is what my 2 year old grandson loves at this time and I want to make a quilt for him with a train theme!

  142. Tammy Harrell
    November 23, 2014 at 1:49 pm (6 years ago)

    If I won the gift certificate from Embroidery Library, I would like to get the School House and the Gingerbread House Designs…I have several of the lace village pieces but haven’t tried to make them yet..just another one of those UFO’s that I have accumulated over the years with the very best of intentions. Looks like I would need those Alligator Clamps as well! (Teehee)

  143. Marianne Marshall
    November 24, 2014 at 6:23 pm (6 years ago)

    If I won a gift certificate I would purchase as many “In the hoop” programs that I could. Love your site!

  144. Pat
    November 24, 2014 at 11:34 pm (6 years ago)

    If I won a gift certificate, I would like to try out the buttonhole designs and some crocus designs. Both of these have intrigued me for some time, but I haven’t had the inspiration (that the weight machine gave you) to do anything about it.
    I have 300 new embroidery colours (a gift to myself just before we knew we moved house) at home just waiting for me to open them up and try them out on something new.

  145. Chris B
    November 25, 2014 at 10:53 am (6 years ago)

    If I won, I would try some design that required a new skill – like applique, or taking it apart and using elements (like your article).

  146. Doris Alvarez
    November 25, 2014 at 11:00 am (6 years ago)

    If I won, a gift certificate, I would do what Eileen did and try to make as many designs as possible out of a Christmas design with lots of parts. Then I would quickly? embroider a plain white table cloth for Christmas dinner with the results.

  147. Dorothy Reitsma
    November 25, 2014 at 11:31 am (6 years ago)

    I would try some in the hoop deigns as I want to learn how. Thanks for all your ideas.

  148. Sara Redner
    November 25, 2014 at 11:40 am (6 years ago)

    I am making little notions bags for the ladies in my quilting circle so I would purchase more of the designs with quilting sayings so everyone’s bag would be different.

  149. Heidi Halvorson
    November 25, 2014 at 12:06 pm (6 years ago)

    If I were to win, I would look at things to be stitched in the hoop and some baby type images.

  150. Terri
    November 25, 2014 at 12:11 pm (6 years ago)

    My son is engaged to a wonderful woman. If I won, I would purchase designs to help with wedding decorating.

  151. beth daniels
    November 25, 2014 at 12:21 pm (6 years ago)

    I love embroidery library. I could find a whole range of designs that I want to get from them. They digitize lovely designs.

  152. Jennifer Penner
    November 25, 2014 at 6:54 pm (6 years ago)

    I would buy the items on my wish list, I already bought many designs for people I sew for during the holidays. But I would buy the rustic bird wreaths and make the wall hanging project for myself. I’ve already done one with the holiday design for one of my S-I-L. They sewed out beautifully.

  153. Margaret E. Hartman
    November 25, 2014 at 9:29 pm (6 years ago)

    If I won $25 from Embroidery Library, I would probably buy a variety of snowmen to complete my collection of snowmen for my quilt I want to make. I have been buying designs from them for several years and they are the best and very reasonable also.

  154. Aurora
    November 26, 2014 at 7:08 am (6 years ago)

    Id download some cute designs – but then all of them are cute – for boys. I make Project Linus blankets and we are always short of boy blankets.

  155. Kathy Schmidt
    November 30, 2014 at 4:27 pm (5 years ago)

    Everything on my wishlist and probably more than the $25 would cover. I love EmbLibrary and it is my go to place for new designs.

  156. Margaret Prieto
    December 5, 2014 at 1:50 pm (5 years ago)

    If I won a $25 gift card, I would purchase some quilting designs. EmbLibrary sure has a large number of beautiful quilting designs to choose from. It would not be easy choosing only one set, but I think I would go with a feather set. I just love them.


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